Archive for 2015

New in 2016 at the Monroe Library

New in 2016 at the Monroe Library

The Monroe Library is undertaking some exciting upgrades to our
services.  We hope that these upgrades will provide even better
service and access to information resources for our users. Please note,
there may be some disruption to online services during the transition
time. If you are working on research that requires library services,
please plan for possible outages between Dec. 28, 2015 and Jan. 7, 2016. See the
schedule below for more detailed information.

The search box on the library homepage will lead you to a new searching
tool. Using QuickSearch, you can search a unified index of the
library's resources including books, online journal articles,
e-books, and more - all from one search box.

The new Journal Finder includes improved searching and easier navigation.
It allows you to search or browse all publications made available to you
by the library, regardless of the publisher.

The catalog will be moving to a new hosted solution that will allow us to
take advantage of some of the exciting new features being offered by our
catalog vendor.


        - December 28, 2015: Journal Finder will be unavailable.

        - January 4-5, 2016: The catalog will be unavailable as we move to a
new server.

        - January 7, 2016: The search box on the homepage may be unavailable
as we transition to the new QuickSearch.

        Thank you for your patience during this transition. We look forward to
introducing these upgrades to improve online access to library resources.

New old Loyola films

Special Collections & Archives just completed the digitization of three Loyola promotional films from the 50s and 70s and put them up the Louisiana Digital Library.

Loyola of the South was produced in 1956 and investigates the different colleges and departments in the university as well as athletics and other extracurriculars:

Loyola of the South

This untitled film from the 70s shows some quick campus scenes:

Loyola, 3 minutes, color, 1970s

And finally, my personal favorite is Sunrise IV, a student film produced by the Department of Communications, that includes archival photos and footage of Loyola’s campus as well as the robust entertainment scene in New Orleans circa 1973-74:

Sunrise IV (student film)

Here’s an excerpt from Sunrise:

Stay tuned for more movies from Special Collections & Archives, and let us know what you think of these. How much has campus and student life changed?

Top Tumblr Collections

The Hagley Museum and Library in Delaware included the Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives in its 2015 list of top museums, libraries, and collections on Tumblr.

Their list was inspired by lists put together by the University of Reading Museums and Collections, the Othmer Library of Chemical History, the Decker Library at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and Harvard Divinity School’s Historical Collections and Manuscripts and Archives.

Read the post to see some other amazing cultural heritage institutions using Tumblr, and check us out while you’re at it!

Test Prep Guides

New test preparation guides at the Monroe Library!

In cooperation with the Student Success Center, test preparation guides for the Dental Admission Test (DAT), Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) are now available for you in the Monroe Library.  All guides are at the front Learning Commons Desk shelved with the books on reserve under “Test Prep”. They can be checked out for four hours with your Loyola ID. We will be adding more guides for more tests in the near future.

Also, don’t forget the Learning Express Library 3 with online tests for many admissions tests, occupational tests, TOEFL, and skill improvement tutorials.  Individual registration is required to use this service.

Found In The Archives: A Christmas Letter Recipe

Today we offer you a Christmas Letter we came across in our Anthony J. Stanonis Collection.

The Anthony J. Stanonis Collection contains correspondence, daily calendars, diaries, journals, pocket notebooks, photograph albums and scrapbooks related to travel, tourism and daily life as recorded by the creators of the items.  Albums and scrapbooks related to travel cover regional and cross-country trips in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe by automobile, train, plane and boat. The date range of the collection spans from 1890 to 1987, but the bulk of the traveling ranges from the 1930s to the 1960s. All items were bought by Anthony J. Stanonis from eBay for academic research related to travel and tourism.

When you take holiday themed stationary

+ a pinch of foul language (and questionable grammar)

+ a hand drawn cartoon (and holly identified as spinach)

You get = A festive holiday letter between friends

christmas letter

The letter reads:

Dear Duke,

You are sweet. So I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and the Happiest Damn New year you most ever had.


To look at this and other letters, scrapbooks, and travel diaries from the Stanonis Collection please visit the Special Collections and Archives Booth-Bricker Reading Room, Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:30.

Spotlight on Collections: Robert Giroux Book Collection

Today is the 47th anniversary of the death of religious writer, social activist, and Trappist monk, Thomas Merton.



The intimate Merton : his life from his journals 1st pbk. ed.

Merton (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) wrote on both Eastern and Western religious thought as well as meditations, journals, and essays on social justice and peace. He is considered one of the most important spiritual writers of the 20th Century. Merton’s best-known book is The Seven Storey Mountain, an autobiography about his childhood and subsequent conversion to Catholicism at age 23. Edited my Robert Giroux, this book went on to become a best seller with all Merton’s earnings going to the Gethsemani monastery in New Haven, Kentucky due to his vow of poverty upon entering the order.

Please follow this LINK to look at all the volumes by and about Thomas Merton as included in our Robert Giroux Book Collection.


Photo: Special Collections and Archives Loyola New Orleans

For an extensive bio on Merton please follow this LINK to the excellent one located at the Poetry Foundation.

This collection is available for research in the Special Collections and Archives Booth-Bricker Reading Room, Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:30.


Pop-up cookie parties are coming! The next time you’re in the library this finals season you just might look up to see a plate of homemade cookies coming your way…

Special Edition: Works of Charles Dickens

At some point in the holiday season one is sure to come across some sort of adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

The definitive Christmas story has not only inspired numerous adaptations, but has also been influential on other works including It’s A Wonderful Life and The Grinch That Stole Christmas.

It's A Wonderful Life, CORBIS.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas, TV Guide.

If you find yourself wanting to read the novella for yourself this year, we have wonderfully luxurious copy here in library’s Special Collections and Archives. A Christmas Carol can be found in Christmas Books, Volume I as part of our 64 volume fine press edition Works of Charles Dickens. There were only 10 copies of this set created in 1900, with this set being bound especially for J. Alice Maxwell of Rockville, Connecticut.

All 64 volumes are encased in full red morocco leather with gilt edges, three raised bands on the spine, gold lettering and gold floral tooling. The set looks rather festive just sitting on the shelf, but once you open the volumes the extravagance continues with front and rear covers bound in red and blue morocco leather and matching leather end papers personalized with  J. Alice Maxwell’s signature stamped in gold.




The volumes are heavily illustrated with photogravures, facsimiles, etchings, and original watercolors.


Works of Charles Dickens, photogravure by Fredrick Barnard, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.


Works of Charles Dickens, facsimile of the first page of the original manuscript.


Works of Charles Dickens, etching by John Leech, The Last of The Spirits.


Works of Charles Dickens, watercolor, Scrouge.

The watercolors are of particular interest since they are actual watercolors bound into the volumes.


Works of Charles Dickens, watercolor, Tilly Slowboy from The Cricket On The Hearth.


Works of Charles Dickens, watercolor, Trotty Veck from The Chimes.

Please feel free to come and see this amazing turn of the century example of limited edition fine press publishing in the Special Collections and Archives Booth-Bricker Reading Room, Monday-Friday from 9:00 to 4:30 pm.

Newsboys’ Home

Today in Found in the Archives we take a look at An Account of the Newsboys’ Home, New Orleans, LA.

The small pamphlet, available in Special Collections and Archives and online at the Louisiana Digital Library, details the life of the some of the young boys working on the streets on New Orleans in the late nineteenth century.

As strange as it may seem now, these often homeless children were fixtures on the streets when the pamphlet was published was in 1899. Written by Rev. A.C. Porta, S.J., the Account begins:

“Of the many creatures we see around us endowed with the power of locomotion, there is none whose nature is so little known as the barefooted, flitting, noisy, ubiquitous newsboy. To the casual observer he is a compound of cat and monkey, with a strong admixture of quicksilver. In the opinion of many the newsboy has no father, no mother, no brothers, no sisters,  no cousins, no friends, no particular home…Alas! the want of a home and the lack of friends are but too often sad undeniable facts. ”

Rev. Porta described a well appointed refuge for the children, managed by the Sisters of Mercy and located at what is now 324 Picayune Place. Featuring a “beautiful” chapel, large gymnasium, clean kitchen and tidy dormitories, the home provided to the newsboys also offered two hours a day of schooling.

The Account strives to be lively and quotes the newsboys at length, attempting to recreate their style of speech. One intriguing section describes a band the children had assembled:

“What are you doing here?” I asked one of them. “We was listenin’ ter de ‘Spasm Band,’ Fawder,” he answered pointing to the boys on the bench. “‘Spasm Band!” I exclaimed. “And what is that?” “Oh! It’s dem fellers who has got introoments made wid soap and cigar boxes, and mouf harmonica and tamboureen, and was givin’ us a concert.”

[The Spasm Band was  apparently well known in  the city. See this blog post for more information.]

The Newsboys’ Home closed it’s doors in 1917, but you can read the account anytime at the Louisiana Digital Library or in person in Special Collections & Archives. Located on the third floor of Monroe Library, we are open for research and quiet study Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.


Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Spotlight: H.L. Mencken Letters

Sometime in 1927 Lou Wylie submitted a poem to The American Mercury, a leading journal of letters and opinion. On September 26, 1927 H. L. Mencken, editor of that magazine, wrote Wylie that her poem had been accepted and would appear in a forthcoming issue. Thus began a correspondence between the two that lasted over twenty years. The H.L. Mencken Letters collection preserves one side of that exchange–the letters written to Wylie by Mencken.

Wylie must have been flattered by Mencken’s interest, for by 1927 he had established himself as one of the nation’s leading writers.  Born in Baltimore in 1880, he began his career in 1899 as a police reporter on one of the local newspapers. His subsequent labors on one or another of the Baltimore dailies–as reporter, columnist, or editor–won him recognition as a talented and prolific journalist. In 1924 he helped found The American Mercury and served as its editor from 1924 to 1933. In addition, he found time to write many books, including The American Language, an important study of the English language in the U.S.

This prodigious output was marked by Mencken’s aggressive iconoclasm and by his gift for invective; he was a formidable polemicist whose combative prose mocked the sacred and the conventional in American social, political, and literary life.

He was also an effective champion of aspiring writers. As the nation’s most powerful literary critic, he discovered or brought to national prominence such talents as Sinclair Lewis, Sherwood Anderson, and Theodore Dreiser and encouraged others whose names and contributions have since been forgotten. Lou Wiley was one of the latter. She was probably born in Kentucky at the end of the nineteenth century. By 1927 she was a reporter and feature writer on New Orleans’s leading newspaper, the Times-Picayune. At the behest of a Times-Picayune superior, she shortened her name from Louise to Lou because, as she recalled years later, “I was taking over a feature signed by a man and he seemed to think it would [lose] effectiveness with a feminine by-line.”

But whatever the attractions of New Orleans, in 1928 Wylie moved to New York City, where she worked as a journalist and publicist. At some point she married–Mencken began to address her as Mrs. Van Sicklen in 1941–though that union apparently dissolved in 1949. About 1941 she returned to New Orleans, where she handled publicity for Pan American Airways. Over the years she maintained her literary ambitions, but her accomplishments were apparently modest. During Mencken’s tenure as editor, however, The American Mercury did publish at least two of her writings–the poem “Psalms of Love” appeared in the January 1928 issue; and the short story “Dance-Hall Lady” appeared in the July 1933 issue. The relationship between Mencken and Wylie was confined to correspondence; the two never met. Mencken’s letters to her were, in general, brief notes” usually no more than a 3 couple of short paragraphs. In them he often encouraged her literary efforts and suggested publications to which she might submit material, and he often commented with mordant humor on topics as varied as publishing, literature, politics, religion, and his own health. His last letter to her was dated November 15, 1948.

H.L. Menken’s papers were given to the New York Public Library – including Lou Wylie’s letters to Mencken – where they can be accessed today. Ms. Wylie declined to send her side of the correspondence to be a part of the collection, however. As she wrote in the journal Menckeniana in 1971:

” Original letters contain something of the person who writes them. My Mencken letters contain much to make their author come alive. I decided to keep them  in New Orleans. I presented then to Loyola University. There they are, in the library, for anyone who wants to meet him through his own words.”

Come and meet H.L. Mencken through his words in Special Collections & Archives, located on the third floor of Monroe Library, Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.

Bonus Video – The only recording of Mencken:


Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.